New Delhi: Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption has not only thrown the government machinery out of gear but also paralysed the Centre’s decision making bodies. In the past 12 days, neither any Cabinet meeting was held nor big decisions taken.
Even the Group of Ministers (GoM) set up for media briefings has not held any meeting.

The work has come to a standstill not only in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) but also in the rest of the Ministries and departments.

The last Cabinet meet was held on August 11 and the scheduled meeting of EGoM and Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs for August 18 has been postponed for now.

Likewise, the EGoM meeting on giving direct subsidy, which was to be headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has also been delayed. The meeting on Food Security Bill also could not take place.

According to sources, the government offices have failed to function properly due to ongoing Anna Hazare’s anti-graft protest.
The decision making process in the Finance Ministry has come to a standstill. In the backdrop of global recession, series of meetings had started in the Finance Ministry which has also stopped now.

There has been no follow up on the meeting of Finance Minister, RBI Governor D Subbarao and Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council Chairman. While Mukherjee had assured that a speedy decision regarding the global recession would be taken.

The meeting for improvement in power situation is also not being held following Anna’s fast and target for the electricity production for the 12th Five Year Plan has taken a back seat.

Not only this, in fact many Cabinet and State Ministers have flown back to their constituencies owing to the protest against corruption gaining momentum in their respective areas.

JPN/Bureau